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Promoter Hearn is keen to see if Belfast duo Tennyson and Hyland can raise bar

By David Kelly

Belfast men James Tennyson and Paul Hyland both find themselves in bouts tonight that will show whether or not they can move into British title contention at their respective weights.

Tennyson's clash with Ryan Doyle should produce some fireworks and promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to see if the Irish super-featherweight champion can deliver at the SSE Arena.

"Tennyson and Hyland have both built up good records and now we want to see what they can do. Tennyson lost that fight to Ryan Walsh for the British featherweight title but now he's moved up in weight and this is a great little fight with Ryan Doyle," said Hearn.

"We had Ben Jones lined up for Tennyson but then had to switch the opponent at late notice and when I put the fight to Mark Dunlop he said 'yes' right away and that's refreshing - to work with fighters who will take on anybody," said Hearn.

Tennyson bagged the Irish title with an entertaining victory over Declan Geraghty at the Waterfront Hall and now returns to the venue where he had his worst loss - a shocking knockout at the hands of journeyman Pavel Senkovs in 2013.

Tennyson, who insists weight issues were the primary cause for his British featherweight title loss to Walsh, said: "That was a tough night, hopefully I'll have a much better night this time. I haven't boxed there since. This is a massive opportunity for me to put myself right up there at the top level. I feel that I can really raise my profile with a good win in front of the Sky cameras.

"The win against Declan Geraghty for the Irish title was massive because it could have been a make or break point for me. Eddie Hearn said that he would get me a title fight and he has delivered so it's up to me now."

While Tennyson boxes over 10 rounds for the WBA international super-featherweight title, lightweight Hyland is facing Adam Dingsdale for the IBF European belt.

Hyland is expected to come out on top with something to spare. He said: "This is the kind of opportunity I've been waiting for and I just can't wait to show what I can do."

The bill, which starts at 5pm, also features Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher, Coalisland's Fergal McCrory, unbeaten Matthew Wilton and Derry's Tyrone McCullagh, who is in the opening bout.

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